Walters Art Museum Courtship is the period in a couple's relationship which precedes their engagement and marriage, or establishment of an agreed relationship of a more enduring kind.During courtship, a couple get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement or other such agreement.I remember being an impressionable thirteen year-old when my older sister got married.I asked my mother how old my soon-to-be brother-in-law was at the time. That's a good age to get married."My mother, apparently, was not that far off the national mark.A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval.Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage.On the younger end, many of the men in their early twenties were still "playing the field" but thought that if you found the right person, you could settle down and know that they are the one for you within the year.Justin, age 22, said, "Six months maybe, but I'm not going to worry about that for a long while!
Courtship is the systematic process that one undergoes in order to ensure compatibility with a lifelong partner." I think them a bit naive, given that few of them were engaged or married, but it was nice to hear.Mid-Twenties Men in their mid-twenties were a bit more realistic about what it would mean to get married and thus, requested more time to get to know a person.The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.Furthermore, there is vast individual variation between couples.